Take physic, pomp

Chart of the day is…..

….this, that tracks the correlation between sunspots and economic recessions;

Which I found here and then it led me to this….

….which was also great, including this extract from the script:

..It’s a plot of the US highway fatality rate versus the tonnage of fresh lemons imported from Mexico, and I have to say, it’s a pretty darn straight line. I’ve seen a lot shakier plots used to justify some sweeping conclusions, and if those were justified, well, then I’m forced to conclude that Mexican lemons have improved highway safety a great deal. The vitamin C, maybe? The fragrance? Bioflavanoids?..”

Which leads us on to this:

…..which makes me laugh my wonky laugh and finally gives me a chance to mention that you can get your hands on a free abstract of Taleb’s The Black Swan by clicking this link. Here’s the blurb:


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